Using Traps to Hunt

Using traps is one of the most commonly used in capturing animals. It uses tools, along with some improvised materials in order to catch animals.


When preparing a trap for an animal, most experts prefer to leave the traps on the target environment for several weeks. When using this strategy, you must have enough patience. It can take about 1 – 2 months before you can finally get a good catch.

Some traps are rusted down first, and is placed with some dyes and waxes in order to preserve their quality and make it look like it’s part of the environment. When stationed well, animals will think that it’s not a predator that will get them, and thus will feel comfortable approaching the area.

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Divesting is also needed in order for you to remove all human scents  from the area near the trap. If any scent remains, chances are that the animals can detect it and feel threatened; thus, avoiding the area all together. You can do this by boiling the said trap with walnuts for one hour as it masks the human scent off to the point where it perfectly blends in with the environment. Afterwards, bees wax is applied in order to finally mask the scent of metal on the trap. It also has the capability of enhancing the trap’s durability.

The Most Popular Trap Types

The following traps can be prepared with the method instructed above. Here are the following basic snares and traps that you can use:

The Leg Hold Trap

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This is one of the oldest and most basic hunting traps in the book. Also called as the foot hold trap, it’s a type of trap that can bait most wild animals such as coyotes, raccoon, bobcats, and even bears. It’s a type of trap that’s usually set on areas where the animals are usually passing through. Once it triggers, it completely immobilizes the animal, and prevents it from doing anything, like escaping. It’s a trap that’s made in order to hold animals that are really quick and has escape reflex. What’s advantageous about this trap is that they can even break the animal’s bones and teeth. However, note about the places where it’s banned before using it. It comes with various types for your preferred setup.

Snare Trap

The snare trap is known to be one of the most vicious traps of all time, and is usually used against wolves and coyotes. It comes with leg and neck type snares, and is popular in Canada. It’s a type of trap that tightens once triggered, and the animal will get restrained or strangled once it activates. Also, if you happen to be hunting deer, it’s also a type of trap that works well on them.

Conibear Trap

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It’s a type of trap that was made in the 1950s by Frank Conibear. It’s a classic trap that serves as an alternative for leg hold traps, and is not usually banned in most states. It’s an instant kill trap that’s made for various types of animals. It’s made of two rectangular framed, and activates with a trigger attached to the frame. Once triggered, it will shut on the lower or upper leg depending on what part triggered it. This can be set up near watery areas where animals tend to swim, but is widely used on land. It also causes critical injuries once triggered, and is easier to use as it only takes a short time to prepare it.

In order to set up these traps, all you need to do is to follow the manual that comes with it once purchased. Next is to do the preparations needed for setting up the trap in the animal habitat. Be careful in doing so as accidents happen and you might trigger the trap yourself. It’s better to be careful. In the end, most of these traps ensure 90% accuracy in catching animals so you’ll worry less about catching an animal.

Jason Bland

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